8 October, 2021
Somerset misses out on COVID clinics
DESPITE a state-wide push by Queensland Health to increase COVID vaccination rates, Somerset residents are denied the chance to get vaccinated.
Queensland Health began a high profile campaign this week, calling on Queenslanders to get vaccinated.
As part of the campaign, Somerset residents, along with other Queenslanders, were sent a map, showing where to go and get vaccinated.
While State Government seats from Redlands through to the eastern areas of Moreton Bay are heavily covered by vaccination clinics, the only site in all of Somerset is in Fernvale, and it requires booked appointments.
Also missing out is the western half of Moreton Bay, including Woodford, Wamuran and Mt Mee, with residents in those areas needing to travel at least to Caboolture or Morayfield to find their nearest vaccination clinic.
Deb Frecklington, State MP for Nanango, was unhappy about the lack of opportunity, and called on Queensland Health to add clinics in Somerset.
“I would certainly like to see more pop-up vaccine clinics available in the Somerset region,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“A large part of the Somerset has been largely overlooked for these pop-up clinics and I would call on the Government to include our region in these important opportunities.”
Jim McDonald, the State MP for Lockyer, covering the Somerset region below Wivenhoe Dam, said while he welcomed the clinic elsewhere in his electorate, he would also like to see Somerset included in future.
“We welcome the pop up clinic at Laidley State High School this weekend and encourage people to make use of this facility,” Mr McDonald said.
“Unfortunately, Somerset has missed out on this occasion and let’s see that corrected in coming weeks.”